Do cats give rats on Christ­mas Day?

Hu­mans de­code cats’ gifts to them (yes, in­clud­ing rats)

Animal Scene - - MENAGERIE - Text and pho­tos by STEF DELA CRUZ, MD

Me­owmy, look! I brought you a lit­tle mouse! It’s still alive, by the way.”

If my youngest and most mis­chievous fur-baby, Mimi, could talk, she would have said ex­actly that after she once dumped a scared lit­tle mouse on my bed.

Yes, it was just another typ­i­cal day at home – typ­i­cal, be­cause un­ortho­dox gifts from my fur-ba­bies were a given. On other days, the crum­pled pa­per I put in the trash bin found its way back to my desk, thanks to my whiskered kids who thought I “mis­placed” it. The lizards, spi­ders – and yes, mice – that found their way to our home even­tu­ally found their way to my pil­low after be­ing cap­tured and mer­ci­lessly toyed with by my lit­tle preda­tor ba­bies.

Now that it’s De­cem­ber, ‘tis def­i­nitely the sea­son to give – and, in the case of hoomans like me, re­ceive – gifts, no mat­ter how seem­ingly odd, use­less, dis­gust­ing… or even half-alive!

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